The nation will focus on Iowa next week as the first official election of the 2012 Republican presidential primary takes place there on Tuesday, January 3. The election will be the culmination of months of campaigning in the Hawkeye State for the Republican candidates.
The Iowa contest will be the only election next week, but will be followed a week later by the New Hampshire primary. Georgia’s primary will take place on Super Tuesday, March 6, along with nine other states.
The Iowa election is not a traditional primary, but a caucus. In the Iowa caucuses, voters gather at a meeting place in each precinct to select delegates to the local conventions. The local conventions then select delegates to the state convention, where delegates to the national convention are finally chosen. Iowa’s delegates are among the last to be officially picked.
According to Real Clear Politics latest polls of Iowans, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul and generally considered to be the frontrunners, with Romney holding a slight edge. This year’s campaign has been especially fluid with many voters uncommitted or undecided until recently.
Voters in Georgia and around the county will be watching the results in Iowa closely.